ST. LOUIS -- As an educator, Lisa Cannada, M.D., associate professor of orthopaedic surgery at Saint Louis University, is committed to helping future physicians learn to navigate the world of medicine. As a part of that mission, she is an avid proponent of offering support to women, who continue to choose surgery residencies in growing numbers.
|Lisa Cannada, M.D.|
This year she is serving as president of the Ruth Jackson Orthopaedic Society, a 600 member support and networking group for women orthopaedic surgeons. The group was founded to help women thrive in an orthopaedic surgery career. In addition to supporting practicing surgeons, the society offers mentorship programs for medical students, residents and fellows, matching up participants with a mentor in their area of interest or sub-specialty.
Under Cannada's guidance, the society is offering its first program for leadership training for women in orthopaedic surgery. Cannada also co-edited the society's Guide for Women in Orthopaedic Surgery, a handbook of advice for students as they go through their medical training.
"It's so important to have a role model to offer good advice as you begin your career," said Cannada. "Being a mentor is something I'm committed to, here at SLU and through my role at the Ruth Jackson Orthopaedic Society."
Cannada recently also was named to Becker's Orthopaedic and Spine's list of "70 Female Orthopedic and Spine Surgeon Leaders to Know."
In addition to patient care and education, Cannada's work includes research. At SLU, she is the principle investigator for a Department of Defense-funded consortium that works to improve treatment for wounded service members and civilians. Cannada is leading a study examining bone grafts.
Established in 1836, Saint Louis University School of Medicine has the distinction of awarding the first medical degree west of the Mississippi River. The school educates physicians and biomedical scientists, conducts medical research, and provides health care on a local, national and international level. Research at the school seeks new cures and treatments in five key areas: cancer, liver disease, heart/lung disease, aging and brain disease, and infectious disease.